24 January, Chandipur (Odisha)
The Multi Barrel Rocket System guided Pinaka rocket was Tuesday successfully test-fired for the second time from launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur in Odisha.
ITR Director B K Das said the test was conducted at 12:45 PM and Pinaka rocket mark-II, equipped with navigation, guidance and control kit, was transformed into a “guided Pinaka”.
The conversion facilitated range enhancement and improvement in Pinaka’s accuracy. The range of the rocket has increased from 40 to 70 km with an improved accuracy from 500m to 50m. He said, the mission met all its objectives.
Its first successful test flight was conducted from the same venue on January 12.India at present is operating two regiments of Pinaka and has ordered for two more regiments.
The Defence Acquisition Council last year cleared a proposal for six additional regiments at a cost of 14 thousand 6 hundred 33 crore rupees.